I know Taylor Lewan has only started one game and those were only non-conference, but if he does turn out to be the real deal over the next four years, maybe Rodriguez could start another new jersey tradition? Lewan asked for #77 when he came into the program because it was Jake Long's. If Lewan ends up being good also, maybe in the future the #77 jersey would be awarded and have to be earned. Seems every coach adds something to the Michigan tradition and this might be a good addition for Coach Rodriguez.
#77 another #1 Jersey?
RR has done this with a couple of guys lately, I wouldn't exactly call it a tradition, but he gives the jersey numbers of guys who've recently been very successful for the maize and blue, like giving Jibreel Black #55. IIRC, JT Turner was given #2 with the understanding that that's consistently been a playmaker on the D for a while. It's not really a tradition like number 1, but the numbers are given out to motivate the kids
But I didn't mean to suggest it as a recruiting tip, just as a motivational tip once the kids get on campus.
RR: LOOK AT JAKE LONG PANCAKE VERNON GHOLSTON. DO YOU WANNA DO THAT SON? DO YOU WANNA DO THAT?
Lewan: UH. YES SIR. YES.
(Throws 77 at him, both walk away, getting played off by the Coner)
His dad told him to wear #77 his first season, but Lewan didn't know the significance of the number unitil after that season when his dad said you're wearing that number because it's Jake Long's number, so he did know about the significance before he got here.
From the paper that shall not be named. - "In high school, he's like you got 77, you're going to wear 77 in high school. I said, OK, it's a cool number or whatever. I didn't realize I was wearing that, and he told me after the season, oh, by the way, you're wearing that because of Jake Long. They are big shoes to fill, and I'll do my best."
before he even showed anything. Not to hate on JT, but he got that jersey based on the expectations of being the number one recruit in Ohio that year. WTF, how could you sizzle and burn like he did??? Anyways, I'm all about traditions, need to uphold 'em, and if you take it upon yourself to do so, THEN DO SO!!!
Trezelle Jenkins hopefully will step up and set up a scholarship in the #'s honor similar to Braylon and the #1.
Thanks for jogging the memory.
A few years back I stopped into the Harold's Chicken Shack that he and his wife own on 8 Mile and it was pretty good.
I like the idea, maybe save the #2 for the best DB.
Edit : DGDestroys beat me to it. I just hope we don' t run out of numbers
How sweet would the next decade be if every position had historically great performers to the extent that every position had a number special to it?
People also forget that before Jake Long, there was Jon Jansen...4-year starter on the O-Line culminating with a national championship (and a long, successful NFL career). 77 is already very established, and I like the idea of giving the number to the rock of the OL.
Don't Fat Elvis Tony Pape himself rocked the 77 in his day.
This has got to be my favorite one so far.
for serious? That moniker made me laugh, well done.
Seem to create great players. Shaw has finally stepped into that legendary number twenty and J Black will soon realize the power of that fifty five. I would love to see the number one jersey unleashed next year.
Actually I think he asked for 77 because it is the number he wore in high school. That was what his dad first used to pique his interest in Mich
Why don't we just reserve every number for every position that has ever been played - that way everyone can have a number from a former player. That would be a GREAT idea....
(neg away for my dissent if you desire)
#1 for the best WR, and #2 for the best DB. Long is awesome...but to me those are the two numbers that are iconic. Every time I see a Woodson highlight I think about that #2, and it is totally weird to see it on a running back.
What about #21 for Desmond.
Certainly a classic, esp. w/ Biakabutuka following up on Howard as a legendary #21. Have we had any other greats w/ that # since then, though?
Nothing comes up for me, I just think the Heisman winners should be more special. Maybe like a real small H on the left chest. Probably stupid idea. Otherwise, with our rich tradition, we would easily run out of numbers.
Maybe not a great, but Jeremy LeSueur was a solid multi-year starter at CB. He had a very good senior year in '03.
You are right, I forgot about him. Definitely an important contributor.
I'm with you. We don't have enough numbers to do this.
1. So long as Michigan doesn't sell out the idea to every different position group, it wouldn't be hard to award a #77 jersey to the best offensive lineman. Heck, Michigan is known more for its traditionally-great offensive linemen than its traditionally-great wide receivers.
2. It's 1000 times better to award great play with a great number than award great play with marijuana stickers on your helmet.
3. Can we do a similar tradition where we award the worst safety on the team with Stevie Brown's number? /sarcasm
...Michigan has had so many great players that reserving jerseys much would bump into incredible difficulty...indeed what of Dierdorf, Ford, Harmon, Oosterbaan, Hutchinson, Desmond, Lytle, Woolfolk, Harbaugh...and that's a pretty partial list just from my memory.
Maybe, aside from the #1, you let the new players make new legends for each number.
not giving out too many # 9 jerseys. Especially to players that will be on the field at the same time! Go Blue!
Wait that I thought #1 was in honor of Tyrone Butterfield and his legendary drop against UVA in '95??
Don't forget #7 for QBs (Leach, Henson, Henne, Gardner).
We made an exception for Chris Floyd because, well, would you say no to Floyd?
should be retired. No DB will ever be greater than Woodson, hence no one should be allowed to wear it.
"gimme any number you want. I'll make it famous!"
As much as I like the number 77 (it was my number in High School) and applaud the recognition of linemen, I'm not in favor of awarding any jersey but the #1. It's not that the tradition has officially been going on that long, but #1 represents something bigger at Michigan than any of the others would. In some ways it is the special number at Michigan. Adding other numbers to be earned by great players just sort of dilutes the uniqueness of the tradition.
is 98 retired? shouldn't it be?
Yes it's retired.